Van Accident Injury Lawyers
Van accidents continue to be a major cause of death and injury on Florida’s roadways. Fifteen-passenger vans typically have seating positions for a driver and 14 passengers. They are widely used by community organizations to take members on short trips and outings.
Recent research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found that the risk of a rollover crash is greatly increased when 10 or more people ride in a 15-passenger van. This occurs because the passenger weight raises the vehicle’s center of gravity and causes it to shift rearward. The van then has less resistance to rollover and is more difficult to control in an emergency situation. Placing any load on the roof also raises the center of gravity and increases the chance of a rollover.
A rollover crash is a complex event. In studies of single-vehicle crashes, NHTSA discovered that more than 90 percent of rollovers occur after a driver has lost control of the vehicle and has run off the road. NHTSA identified three major situations which led to rollover accidents in 15-passenger vans.
- The van goes off a rural road. In this case, the van is likely to overturn when it strikes a ditch or embankment or travels onto soft soil.
- The driver is fatigued or driving too fast for conditions. A tired driver is more likely to fall asleep at the wheel and lose control. High speeds can cause the van to slide sideways off the road causing the tires to dig into dirt.
- The driver overcorrects the steering as a panic reaction to an emergency or to a wheel dropping off the pavement.
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In the last ten years over 80 percent of people killed in rollover crashes in 15-passenger vans were unbelted. Seat belt use is especially critical because large numbers of people die in rollover crashes when they are partially or completely thrown from the vehicle. The risk of death or serious injury can be greatly reduced in a rollover crash by the use of seat belts.
If you or a family member of yours has been in a van accident in Tampa or anywhere in Florida that was caused by another driver’s negligence or recklessness, the car crash law group of Fowkes & Hasanbasic, Accident and Insurance Lawyers may be able to help you. You could be eligible to obtain compensation to pay your medical bills, property damage costs and lost wages, as well as for your emotional distress, pain and suffering, and other losses.
Our main office is located in Trinity, FL (Pasco County), but we handle cases throughout the Tampa Bay area and all of Florida.